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Thought Crimes and Basic Math

July 28, 2010

A federal judge has ruled in favor of a public university that removed an Arithmetic student from its graduate program in Basic Math over her belief that “2 + 2 = 22” is mathematically wrong.

Monday’s ruling, according to Julea Ward’s attorneys, could result in “Old Math” students across the country being expelled from public university for similar views.

It’s a very dangerous precedent,” Jeremy Tedesco, legal counsel for the conservative Alliance Defense Fund, told FOX News Radio. “The ruling doesn’t say that explicitly, but that’s what is going to happen.”

U.S. District Judge George Caram Steeh dismissed Ward’s lawsuit against Eastern Michigan University. She was removed from the school’s basic math program last year because she planned to refuse to give passing grades to students who believed that 2 + 2 = 22.

The university contended she violated school policy and the American Arithmetic Association code of ethics.

Traditional Math students shouldn’t be expelled for holding to and abiding by their beliefs,” said ADF senior counsel David French. “To reach its decision, the court had to do something that’s never been done in federal court: uphold an extremely broad and vague university speech code.”

Eastern Michigan University hailed the decision.

We are pleased that the court has upheld our position in this matter,” EMU spokesman Walter Kraft said in a written statement. “Julea Ward was not discriminated against because of her views about whether 2 + 2 = 4 or if it can or cannot also equal 22. To the contrary, Eastern Michigan is deeply committed to the education of our students and welcomes individuals from diverse backgrounds into our community…except in cases where such diverse backgrounds fly in the face of our narcissistic, narrow-minded ideology. And thanks to the ruling by U.S. District Judge George Steeh, we can continue to attack and punish those who dare to not think the exact same way we do.”

In his 48-page opinion, Judge Steeh said the university had a rational basis for adopting the ACA Code of Ethics.

Furthermore, the university had a rational basis for requiring students to counsel clients without imposing their personal values…it is WE who are the only ones who have the right to impose their views on others who disagree, not the students,” he wrote in a portion of his ruling posted by The Detroit News. “In the case of Ms. Ward, the university determined that she would never change her behavior and would consistently refuse to teach students on matters with which she was personally opposed due to her scientific beliefs – including the concept of 2 + 2 =22.”

Ward’s attorneys claim the university told her she would only be allowed to remain in the program if she went through a “remediation” program so that she could “see the error of her ways” and change her belief system about new math.

If you ask a group of student ‘What do you get if you put two and two together?’, there will be many students…at least one in ten…who will claim that the answer is 22” EMU spokesman Walter Kraft said in a written statement. “To condemn such out-of-the-box thinking would be destructive to the self-esteem of those students. Such an answer may not be accurate from a boring, old basic arithmetic point of view, but we feel it is necessary to encourage students…especially the very young & impressionable…to view such answers as ‘cool, clever, and interesting’ so that we can get as many students to buy into the idea that ’22’ is the correct answer.”
Perhaps, if we are successful, these students will grow into adults who will put such ideas into practice in the real world outside of academics” Kraft said.

A spokesperson for GLAAD (Groups that Love Alternate Answers and Definitions) gleefully supported the ruling, saying “For many years people who believed 2 + 2 = 4 was boring & staid were saddled with failing grades and ridicule from the math teachers of old. Now, at last, we can stand up to the majority and say proudly that our opinion is more important than the facts…and we will punish you if you don’t toe the line of our narrow, intolerant interpretation of our diverse viewpoint

The case is similar to a lawsuit the ADF filed against Augusta State University in Georgia. Math student Jennifer Keeton was allegedly told to stop sharing her traditional math beliefs in order to graduate.

Keeton’s lawsuit alleged that she was told to undergo a reeducation program and attend “diversity & self-esteem encouragement sensitivity training.”

University experts and supporters of the reeducation program cite their previous successes with the program…notably when a Mr. Winston Smith was shown the error of his ways back in 1984 and realized that 2 + 2 =5.

University officials declined to comment on specifics of the lawsuit but released a statement to FOX News that said …”Augusta State does not discriminate on the basis of students’ moral, religious, political or personal beliefs“…before muttering ‘yeah right’ under their breaths and doubling over with peals of laughter.

Tedesco said both cases should be a warning to Mathematicians attending public colleges and universities.

Public universities are imposing the ideological stances of private groups on their students,” he said. “If you don’t comply, you will be kicked out. It’s scary stuff and it’s not a difficult thing to see what’s coming down the pike.”

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All seriousness aside…

2 + 2 = 4.

Why is this never questioned?
Simple. Because it’s the truth.
There’s nothing subjective about it. It isn’t open to interpretation. And anybody who tries to “prove” that there is an alternate answer is roundly & soundly proven wrong.
But if the subject matter is solely based on opinion, who are these university professors and activist judges to say that one opinion is “correct” and the other opinion is deserving of concerted and coercive “reeducation”?

2 + 2 = 5.

So, are the faculty of either universities “proving” their case? Are they saying “These are the facts…all else is conjecture“?

Because if Julea Ward and Jennifer Keeton are merely being forced to embrace a new opinion over their own…especially a new opinion that is rooted more in the corruptive culture of political correctness and social progressivism…it wouldn’t be an ‘education’ of any kind.

It would be indoctrination.

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